The Word is Out!

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Identity Check Reader Reviews

 “5.0 out of 5 stars…”

“Although the plot contains many harrowing moments, the relationship between Scott and Jessie adds a sense of romance and comic relief. Jessie is quite a brash young woman; some of her comments make the reader laugh out loud! Author Rich Allan has written an engaging and thrilling novel in Identity Check. It is a perfect read.”   — Deborah Lloyd 

“There is suspense, murder, love, friendship and so much action happening on every page, it is impossible to stop reading. Identity Check is everything you could want in a mystery, thriller, and suspense read. Rich Allan has created real-life characters that I found impossible not to love or hate. The action kept me on the edge of my seat. This is a must-read book and I suggest you put this one on your reading list today.”  — Trudi LoPreto

“In a nicely controlled unfolding of the plot and the characters in Identity Check, Rich Allan weaves humor, romance, suspense and surprising twists, where the characters, even the murderer himself, are realistic, and Scott and his loving, somewhat zany girlfriend, Jessie, find themselves escaping death by the skin of their teeth. You won’t be able to put the book down until you find out the surprise ending. Identity Check is a compelling read from start to finish. Enjoy!”   — Viga Boland

Everyone connected to President Walter Kendall is getting murdered but why? Identity Check by Rich Allan is a chilling thriller that immediately starts off with suspense, murder, and intrigue. Identity Check would be an ideal movie script because the storyline is built with intrigue, mystery, and suspense. Pick up your copy today.”  — Vernita Naylor

“Parts of the character interaction here is LOL – funny, while at the same time providing momentary respite from the steadily-building tension.”  — Author You “Draft to Dream” Competition Finalist.

“The opening exposition is well done…pretty potent action…the details are very well done. You have a sharp eye. Whew! Quite a story…your prose has a good flow to it, and your dialogues are realistic and natural…All in all, a good story.”   — Writer’s Digest – Independent Book Competition

“I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller by Rich Allan. Why did Scott’s mother lie to him his whole life? Will our young couple live to tell their tale? Read it and find out!”  — Barbara Henderson

 “This book is a page turner and I couldn’t put it down. Rich Allan is an exceptional writer and given the state of politics and Washington today this book comes at the perfect time. Thrilling, suspenseful and it kept me intrigued and excited about how it would all turn out. Loved it and highly recommend it…next stop screenplay for movie!!!!”  — Amazon Customer

“Wow! What an adventure. This author does a great job describing his scenes and people. It’s like you are there.” – Dusty Crickets

 It had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. I will definitely recommend Identity Check to my friends and will share on Facebook. It kept me in suspense from beginning to end. I think it would make a great movie. Anyone that enjoys a good mystery will love it! Well done!”  — Joe S.

See what all the fuss is about…”Identity Check” by Rich Allan in paperback $9.95 and Kindle $2.95. Reviews & comments are welcomed!

https://www.amazon.com/Identity-Check-Rich-Allan-ebook/dp/B072FHM928

 

Old Sayings (that nobody says anymore)

I started thinking about this the other day and decided to start writing down sayings from my youth. How many do you remember? Do you have any to add? Please do so in the comments and I will share!  PART ONE:

  • You sound like a broken record
  • If you had a brain, you’d take it out and play with it.
  • That’s the way the cookie crumbles
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth
  • No sense crying over spilt milk
  • Beggers can’t be choosers
  • Penny saved is a penny earned
  • That’s water under the bridge
  • Bright eyed and bushy tailed
  • It takes two to tango
  • A few beers short of a six-pack
  • Slicker than silk (alternative “snot”)
  • Chew the fat
  • Deader than a doornail
  • Happy as a lark
  • Happy as a pig in slop
  • Going on a bender
  • I’m feeling right as rain
  • God willing and the creek don’t rise
  • A day late and a dollar short
  • Mean as a junkyard dog
  • Don’t let the door hit you on the way out
  • Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry
  • Colder than a bare butt on a brass bedpan
  • No guts, no glory
  • Like trying to find a needle in a haystack
  • May hay while the sun shines
  • Preaching to the choir
  • What’s good for the goose is good for the gander
  • Run like the devil is after you
  • Somewhere between the devil and the deep blue sea

I’ll be back for part two in the blink of an eye…

50 States/50 Countries-Famous World Landmarks

Website TripAdvisor recently published a list of the world’s 25 top landmarks based upon votes from their millions of readers. We have been to half the ones listed (which means we have a lot to go!) and wanted to share our photographs with you, in order, from the top vote-getter down. How many have you seen?

St. Peter’s Basilica – Rome, ItalyPICT0018 (3)PICT0436 (2)PICT0438 (2)PICT0430 (2)PICT0433 (2)

Duomo di Milano – Milan, ItalyPICT0034 (3)

Alcatraz Island – San Francisco, CaliforniaDSC02714 (2)Australia Dec. 2008 305 (2)

Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, California177770941

Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris, FranceNotre Dame2PICT0793 (2)PICT0795 (3)

Eiffel Tower – Paris, FrancePICT0816 (2)

Tower of London – London, United KingdomPICT0473 (3)Acropolis – Athens, Greecetravel photos 063 (2)

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) – Bangkok, ThailandFAR EAST 2009 ALL 567 (2)

Mutianyu Great Wall – Beijing, ChinaFAR EAST 2009 ALL 1076 (2)

Sydney Opera House – Sydney, AustraliaAustralia Dec. 2008 169 (2)

One of the great world landmarks left off this list is the Great Pyramid & Sphinx near Cairo, Egypt which I think has to be included…

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What other sites would you add? Here are some of my suggestions…

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Peterhof Palace & Gardens?DSC01869 (2)

Giant Buddha – Hong Kong?DSC03328 (3)

Happy travels!  Rich

 

 

50 States/50 Countries-Russia

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Russia…The Soviet Union…The Cold War. Friend? Enemy? As a person who grew up in the 50’s, I never thought I would ever get to visit this country of 6.6 million square miles, the largest country in the world, twice the size of the United States. Allies in WWII, relations have been on and off again ever since. Now once again they are accused of using propaganda to try to influence our elections. Regardless of your politics, our visit to St. Peterburg revealed a friendly people (Russian Wedding)DSC00701 (2) and some amazing art and architecture.DSC00499 (2)Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. A magnificent church on a canal.DSC00479 (2)Saint Isaac’s Cathedral…largest dome in the world. DSC00617 (4)DSC00518 (2)Bronze doors reminded me of the ones on the baptistery in Firenze.DSC00531 (2)The Winter Palace of the Czars which in addition to being a beautiful palace, contains the Hermitage Museum and several famous paintings and sculptures.DSC00681 (2)DSC00412 (2)Can you identify the following three artists?DSC00668 (2)DSC00666 (2)DSC00667 (2)

1. (La Danse) Henri Matisse 1909; 2. Vincent van Gogh 3. Paul Gauguin

DSC00387 (2)One of the most beautiful palaces is the Peterhof, a UNESCO World Heritage Site166 (2)known for its location (right on the Baltic Sea), gardens, and fountains…DSC01869 (2)My wife & I shot all the pictures you see above. Enjoy! До свидания (Da svidania) & happy travels!  Rich

The Entertainer Blogger Award

The Entertainer Blogger Award

 

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Thanks so much to Ana Rocha from https://cookthebeans.com for nominating me for this award. Please visit her blog If you want to know more about travel, food, vegan cooking & eating, and recipes from all over the planet. Very educational and entertaining.

Why did you start blogging in the first place? 

I have always been a writer. Professionally for many years as a journalist and in public relations, but also writing fiction on the side, short stories and eventually two novels (working on the third). I also love to travel and take photos. One of my blog series is call 50 states/50 countries and it gives me a chance to share photos from around the globe.

What is your favorite book?

Love to read. Got my first library card in the 4th grade. Beyond the Hardy Boys, one “adult” book got me hooked and remains a favorite…A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

What do you dislike the most?

People arguing politics on Facebook.

What is your favourite food at the mall?

Has to be sushi.

What is your favorite pastime?

Three main areas would be: writing/photography; playing bass guitar & singing with my 60’s cover band, Revolution Road; acting on stage, TV and film.

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Congrats to all nominees 💚 Can’t wait to read your replies.

📍Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you add link to their blog
  • Add the rules, so others can follow
  • Nominate people who you find fun, inspiring and entertaining!
  • Answer the same questions
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Christmas Cheer

Back in the late 60’s I experimented with what I called poetry at the time…although it reads more like song lyrics to me now. Anyhow, I thought I would share my rewrites with my readers. Let me know what you think…434px-MerryOldSanta

Deck the halls with sparkling tinsel,

Blanket the streets with new fallen snow,

Clear the air of misconstrued knowledge,

Decorate with holly and bulbs aglow.

Busy elves working hard,

Greedy toy manufacturers too,

Competing for your hard-earned dollars,

Advertising applies the screws.

Dangling mistletoe overhead,

17558Gives maidens not only a kiss,

But a pinch and a squeeze from a dirty old man,

Celebrating the holidays with carnal bliss.

Exhausted parents in crowded stores,

Search baskets of ill-made toys,

Beggars of all sizes and shapes,

Prepared to steal from the girls and boys.

Poor old Santa comes again,

As he does most every year,

He knows just how good you’ve been,

Relax…try to calm your fears.

For you’ll get your gift of pleasure,

And keep it all year through,

Cause Santa knows what you deserve,

And by God he’ll give it to you…

 

Copyright 2018 Richard Allan Jones

 

 

 

 

Search (The Eagle)

Back in the late 60’s I experimented with what I called poetry at the time…although it reads more like song lyrics to me now. Anyhow, I thought I would share with my readers. Let me know what you think…

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A flash of light sears the earth,

The minds of men have given birth,

Heavenly body hung in the sky,

Passes its verdict to live or to die.

A ray of hope on a dusty plain,

A hesitant step for all mankind,

Then the fear came.

A frantic search,

A gasp for air,

What can be said…

God

     Was

            Not

                          There…